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  1. Hugh Jackman took a pay cut to ensure "Logan" would be rated R. Since 'R-rated' films typically limit the overall audience that can attend, Jackman's reduced salary brought the budget down to an acceptable place to warrant an R rating.

  2. During his 2009 TED talk, Bill Gates opened a jar of mosquitoes saying “Malaria is spread by mosquitoes. I brought some… I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected” & waited for ~a minute before telling the audience that the bugs were malaria-free.

  3. Kanye West once refused to continue performing because two members of the audience wouldn’t rise to their feet. Both fans had disabilities that made it impossible to stand.

  4. When shooting Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth timed his shot so that the noise would be masked by the audience’s laughter. Being an actor, he knew the play Lincoln was watching by heart. Lincoln was laughing when shot.

  5. Abraham Lincoln once gave a speech so enthralling that reporters in the audience stopped taking notes and now we don't know what he said.

  6. In 1998, Marvel offered the cinematic rights of almost all of it's characters to Sony for a mere $25 million. Sony rejected the offer, and only purchased the rights to Spiderman for $10 million believing that movie audiences would only care about him.

  7. The Beatles refused to play for segregated audiences in the U.S.

  8. Americans sought comfort TV after 9/11 and watched so much Food Network that the station had to restructure itself to appeal to a general audience. This led to the creation and subsequent rise of reality cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef USA.

  9. Test audiences hated 'Dirty Dancing' and the producer was so disappointed in the final product he said "Burn the negative, and collect the insurance." Expected to be a box office bomb, instead was a smash hit,was the #1 video rental of '88, and was first film to sell a million copies on video.

  10. An Australian broadcaster banned an episode of Peppa Pig that taught that "spiders can't hurt you" after complaints it was unsuitable for Australian audiences.

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The Greatest Movies of All Time: Audience vs. Critics Sentiment

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Rotten Tomatoes Critic vs Audience by Genre

Funny audience details

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The set of Sesame Street was intentionally made to look like a poor inner city block, complete with trash and decay, because the original target audience was inner city children and the producers wanted it to feel familiar

Vatican once invited Stephen Hawking to a conference where he had an audience with the Pope. Pope John Paul had trouble understanding Hawking and knelt down beside his wheelchair to hear him better, prompting one scientist to comment that "things certainly have changed since Galileo."

All audience members on Judge Judy are paid actors and in order to be able to attend a taping of the show, the actors need to be a member of the Screen Actor's Guild (although some exceptions are occasionally made)

When ‘The Shining’ premiered, the MPAA wouldn’t allow blood to appear in any trailer “approved for all audiences,” but Stanley Kubrick managed to get a trailer comprised solely of the elevator scene passed by convincing the board the tsunami of blood was rusty water.

Donkey Kong creator Miyamoto used "donkey" to convey "stubborn" in English; the name Donkey Kong was intended to convey "stubborn ape" to the American audience. When he suggested this name to Nintendo of America, he was laughed at, but the name stuck.

Jackie Wilson always kissed the "ugliest" girl in the audience because "they'll all think they can have me and keep coming back and buying my records."

Iron Man was considered such a minor character when Marvel Studios began developing the 2008 movie that about 30 writers passed on writing the script, and Marvel produced three animated "advertorials" to introduce the character and show audiences that he wasn't simply a robot.

The briefcase in Pulp Fiction originally contained diamonds but that was deemed too predictable so it was decided that the contents were never to be seen. This way each audience member would fill in the blank with their own contents.

Bugs Bunny accidentally transformed the word 'nimrod' into an insult because the audience failed to get a joke where he sarcastically compared Elmer Fudd to the Biblical figure Nimrod, a mighty hunter

Pink Floyd played a concert with no audience at the ampitheatre in Pompeii, Italy 1971 being the first performance to occur there since the eruption of mount Vesuvius in 79AD at the time of the ancient romans

In the 1st episode of 30 Rock, after Jack discusses how he developed the Trivection oven, GE ran an ad during commercial break to make sure the audience knew it was a real product, not something writers made up as a joke for the show.

Christian Bale, who has a British accent, did all of his promotional interviews for Batman Begins in an American accent because he felt Batman was "such an American character" and he did not want audiences asking "What the hell is going on? Why do we have an English Batman?"

In 1795, as Composer Joseph Haydn conducted the premiere of his 102nd symphony, the audience pressed forward out of their seats to get a closer look. Moments later, a chandelier crashed to the floor where the seats had emptied, killing no one and giving this piece the name “The Miracle”.

About Draco, an Athenian lawyer who gave the city its first written code. The word Draconian originated from his name as his laws were so brutal. According to legend, he died due to his popularity; after giving a speech at a theatre, he was smothered when the audience threw their cloaks at him.

The Beatles had a specific clause in their contract that stated that they would not ever have to play for a segregated audience.

According to Josephus (80 AD), a Roman soldier lifted his robe, showed his bare ass to an audience of Jews and farted. This caused a riot. Roman leader Cumunus called in reinforcements. Up to 10,000 people died.

The Bee Gees were going to lip sync to a record in the local Gaumont cinema, but as they were running to the theatre, the fragile shellac 78-RPM record broke. The brothers had to sing live and received such a positive response from the audience that they decided to pursue a singing career.

President Carter once told a joke during a speech to a Japanese audience which caused the audience to erupt in laughter. Impressed, he asked how the interpreter managed to get such a laugh. The interpreter admitted that he had said, “President Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh”

Bob The Builder was planned to be reshot for Japanese audiences due to all characters possessing four fingers instead of five. Members of the Yakuza, Japan's "most feared mafia" cut off their pinky to show they can be trusted, so Bob and his friends looked more like gangsters than contractors.

During the rap battle montages in 8 Mile, Eminem would mime to save his voice. However after one rapper got a particularly good audience reaction, he turned his mic on and improvised a verse in response rather than let himself be beaten.

After Sitting Bull was released from prison, he joined the Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show making $50 per week for riding once around the arena. Quickly getting annoyed with the audience, he quit and returned to his people saying "I would rather die an Indian than live a white man."

Royal women used to give birth in front of an audience to prove that the child was indeed the fruit of the royal woman’s womb.

Baywatch's fans were predominantly women. 65% of viewers were female, with its number-one audience being women aged 18 to 34. It turns out that the female viewers liked that the show's lead characters were strong, independent, heroic women who were saving lives and were equal to the men.

That, when Lisa Kudrow was cast in Friends, it was decided to make Phoebe the twin sister of Ursula, her character in Mad About You, so that TV audiences wouldn't get confused about seeing the same actress in back-to-back shows.

In 1970, when she was the highest paid woman on television with 42% of the viewing audience, Debbie Reynolds quit her show because NBC was running cigarette commercials during its airtime

Audience infographics

audience fact infographic about Star Wars: the most popular filmed ranked by audience rating
Star Wars: the most popular filmed ranked by audience rating

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Audience vs. Critics: Rotten Tomatoes scores of top-grossing movies